Fr. Henri Boulad s.j., a Melkite (Greek Catholic) priest, member of the Jesuit order like the current Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa, Terrence Prendergast. He was born in 1930 in Alexandria, Egypt of Syro-Lebanese parentage and grew up in Egypt where he is currently Director of of the Cultural Center, run by the Jesuits in Alexandria. He studied theology and philosophy in Lebanon and France and holds a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Chicago.
He returned to his country, Egypt in 1967 where he still serves today since 2009 as Director of of the Cultural Center, run by the Jesuits in Alexandria. Father Boulad taught at and was Rector of the famed Jesuit Collège Sainte Famille in Cairo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coll%C3%A8ge_de_la_Sainte_Familleth that counts among its alumni, members of the cream of Egyptian society – both Christian and Moslem - such as Prince Abbas Hilmi, member of the Royal Egyptian Family, Wassef Boutros Ghali Pasha, former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maximos V Hakim, late Melkite Greek-Catholic Patriarch; and closer to us, retired Canadian Ambassador Haig Sarafian who comes to most of our MEDG luncheons with Joan, his wife.
Fr. Henri Boulad is an advocate and activist for human rights, notably the rights and welfare of children. He is currently leading a campaign to raise funds to alleviate the poverty of children in Egypt: " No one has the right to be happy alone...An appeal from the children of Egypt www.jacquesboulad.sitew.com
Fr. Henri Boulad is a privileged observer of the Arab Spring, especially the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the Mohamed Morsi presidency and its ouster by the Egyptian Army following mass protests against Morsi and his pro-Moslem Brotherhood government. and the recent election of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as Egypt’s new President. and a privileged witness of the radical transformation of Egyptian, predominantly Moslem society from what it was during his youth when Egypt was a constitutional monarchy and what it has become today. He tells the West not to give in to cynicism, but to support the aspirations of peoples for freedom and not to be duped by religious fundamentalists.http://goodjesuitbadjesuit.blogspot.ca/2013/06/fr-henri-boulad-sj-on-situation-in.html
Fr. Boulad is also quite knowledgable of Islam and the Koran http://www.terredisrael.com/infos/lislam-tel-quil-est-veritablement-par-le-r-p-henri-boulad/
Fr. Henri Boulad has published nearly 30 books in French and Arabic, mostly on the subject of Christian spirituality and theology, several of which have been translated in up to 15 languages. He was promoted by France to the rank ofOfficier then Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite National.